Portuguese Wine

 

Portugal is best known for its fortified wines Madeira and Port. But there are also some outstanding examples of still wines, mostly from the north of the country where conditions are not as hot. The appellations are classified as D.O.C., Denominacao de Origem Controlada. 
 
Many factors contributed to what has become the modern Portuguese winemaking industry, such as the boom in Port shipping, the effects of the 19th century Phylloxera and oidium crisis and subsequent vine replantings and the rise of estates (quintas), not to mention joining the European Union in 1986.
 
The main still wine producing regions are the Douro, Dao, Bairrada, Vinho Verde, Terras do Sado and Alentejo. Much of the wine is produced with indigenous grape varietials, often with many in the blend, that give it distinct and delicious character. These include for whites: Loureiro, Arinto, Malvasia Fina and Alvarinho. For reds: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Aragones), Baga, Castelao and Trincadeira Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Portugal View all

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Roriz

    The only classic variety of the Douro not indigenous to Portugal, Tinta Roriz is known in Spain, its birthplace, as T...

  • Periquita

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Trincadeira Preta

  • Touriga Nacional

    History of the grape: Touriga Nacional is produced as a still table wine, but is also one of the most important grape...

Subregions of Portugal

  • Alentejo

      This region lies in southern Portugal, known mostly for its extracted, rich wines. The cli...

  • Douro

    This region, named for the river, is best known for its reds that are specially selected to go ...

  • Madeira

    Madeira is named after the island in Portugal where this unique wine is produced. It was discov...

  • Vinho Verde

    This region in northern Portugal is known for its dry, refreshing, low alcohol and lightly spri...

  • Açores

  • Alenquer

Popular Wineries in Portugal View all

  • Royal Oporto

    Grape growing in the Douro Region dates back to pre-historic times. In Bronze Age burying-grou...

  • Casa de Vila Verde

    Located in the demarcated region of Vinhos Verdes, in the heart of the Sousa River valley, Casa d...

  • Porto Cruz

      Porto Cruz is one of the most recognized brands of Port, produced in the Douro Valley of P...

  • Casa Santos Lima

    Casa Santos Lima is situated in Alenquer, approximately 45 kms north of Lisbon, in a very traditi...

  • Anselmo Mendes

    Anselmo Mendes was born in Monção and has followed the tradition of his family of dedicating thei...

  • Agricola Quinta Da Lagoalva

    Quinta da Lagoalva de Cima is located 2km from Alpiarça and stretches along the south bank of the...

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Portugal on Snooth

  • RBA  "Ooh,Reserve. It must be good".  While most New World ... ... European countries,Spain,Portugal,Austria,and Italy. Their "reservas " have legal definitions,most of which have to do with aging for example Chianti Classico Riserva must be aged 27 months at least,Vin Nobile at least 30 months,  Brunello 5 years with 2 years in barrel or cask... Read More

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  • Herdade Do Esporao Bruto Portugal 2012

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    Light biscuit aromas with tart lemon and grapefruit notes and a touch of something inorganic on the nose. Lots of minerality on the palate with sharp citrus and unripe melon notes and a creamy textured, long finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Porca de Murca Douro Tinto 2013

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    Quiet red. Not much depth. Moderate to light. A bit acidic, but not overbearing. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Porta Do Castelo Red 2015

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    I love wine from Portugal. This was disappointing. Very green/vegetal. More acidic. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Fonseca Ruby NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Duorum Colheita Douro

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    This was a very expressive and fleshy wine that strengthens and becomes filling. Plenty of red fruits, spice, tar and coffee notes. Medium tannins and balanced acidity drive a lengthy aftertaste. Drink or hold - 90 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Lancers Moscato

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    No written review

    Wine review by Rosemaryjim


  • MY FIRST VISIT TO BERN'S STEAKHOUSE - Tampa (4/8/2017)Like any true ... ... Madeira Boal - Portugal, MadeiraOff to the dessert room at Bern's. Another futile attempt at the menu so I deferred to the server who recommended this Madeira. Nutty, burnt caramel, some lacquer and charred oak. Creamy, ripe banana, orange oil, loads of sweet tangy go... Read More

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  • Altano Duoro 2009

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    Medicinal on day one. I almost scrapped it. Day two, it was blended and smooth. Day three, it started returning to medicinal but it was still drinkable. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Presidental 20 Year Tawny

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  • I love the wines and the people in Portugal.. they are trully wonderful, beautiful, loving and sincere people. Have a couple great friends that I have met on a social site. Known them for two years just chatting and talking on live chats. We have a good friendship. MAUH... abracos y beijos ;)

    Comment by 1121846didi 1121846 didi


  • it has fine wines to many for me to remember

    Comment by 874532vilasol 874532 vilasol


  • espiga wine please

    Comment by 874532vilasol 874532 vilasol


  • COLLARES IS THE BEST WINE OF PORTUGAL AND OF ALL THE WORLD !

    Comment by 355028JOJOBO 355028 JOJOBO


  • i love the countrys history and they have good food great wine

    Comment by 377720machita17 377720 machita17


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